Open Mic Means Say What You Like

On Sunday evening, I participated in one of the most insightful chats I have ever had th pleasure of being a part of. I have chatted with many experienced bloggers and I feel as if I have gained an immense amount of knowledge within a short period of time.

There is something about being given the opportunity to get involved in a chat; if you have questions about blogging, odds are someone in there has the answers. I feel as if I have figured out tips that could help me out in the future, but I primarily asked the questions as the chat went on.

Prior to getting involved in the chat, it would behoove you to set a list of questions, but not many, maybe like two or three questions. During a chat, the questions just flow freely after a while. The people in the chat are extremely helpful and have been first time bloggers at one point or another, so they can relate to newbies.

While chatting, I learned about self-hosting which is when you turn a blog from a blogging site into your own webpage. With self-hosting, you become your own boss and have absolutely no censors; everything is at your discretion and for the audience you want to reach. You also have the opportunity to choose who can and cannot have advertisements on your site.

The #blogchat Twitter Chat goes on every Sunday at 9pm EST. Most of the people are regulars there, some of the chatters were not even stating their names, they just jumped right into the chat. I found that part of the chat to be pretty interesting.

The chat that I managed to be a part of was called Open Mic because there is no set topic. That was a wonderful topic because we get to dictate what we wanted to talk about. Blog chat only has the open mic night the last Sunday of every month, the other three weeks are all topic based, so people would have to do some research prior to stepping into the chat.

Overall, I guess you can say that being a part of a twitter chat is fun, exciting, and an excellent way to crowd-source as well as gather information. We have the greatest tools at our finger tips, it is time to open our eyes and utilize them!

Here are a few of the tweets:



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My Reason for Choosing Journalism

After reading the blog What Led You to PR or Journalism?’ it made me reflect on my life. I guess the main way to continue their blog is by me telling my own story.

Well, where to begin? I did not always want to be a journalist, as the matter of fact, back in high school that was the last thing on my mind. I guess it all started with 9/11 and the attacks of the WTC. I was 14 going on 15 when the planes hit the towers. About a week or so later, I was at the recruiting station trying to join the military.

I finally got into the military July 2004 and spent two years in Washington State before we were deployed to Iraq. One of the sergeants in my OIF6-7team would spend maybe an hour a day typing on the computer, but no one really asked. Out of curiosity, I asked him what he has been doing on the computer, and he explained that he was writing our story the way it was meant to be written.

After that deployment, I said to myself, “why can’t I do that?” I enrolled in and online school right away, immediately found work, but it all happened too fast. Before I knew it, I was stuck between a rock and a hard place. I barely had income to sustain myself, barely living paycheck to paycheck.

I dropped the school and just kept working. After a few months, I was called back in to active duty. I spent the year writing in a journal about everything that was going on around me, and I gave it to my girlfriend at the time, but things grew sour between us so I never got it back.

After learning from my mistakes, I knew what I had to do right away and I did it.

Two years after my return, I:

  • Moved out on my own;
  • Bought myself a car;
  • I got myself a job and,
  • I received my Associates Degree.

Ever since then, I have been working very hard to get to my Bachelor’s Degree from Seton Hall and that is where I am at right now. That is my story and thanks for reading.

Work and War: Problems In and Out of the U.S.

The articles I had a chance to read were an editorial called A Million Jobs at Stake and a blog post entitled Chuck Hagel Hearing and the Iran Nuclear Dilemma.

 A Million Jobs at Stake focuses on budgeting and trying to find areas to cut expenses. The author seemed to focus on the negative aspects of how the republicans seem to want to take many jobs away due to a system called the sequester. This idea is cutting out billions of dollars in defenses as well as non-defensive organizations. The author feels as if the focus is directed in the wrong direction. Trying to pull money out of our already dying economy is a huge mistake. The author feels that what needs to happen is for the government to find a way to maintain our defenses and increase the amount of available jobs. I agreed whole-heartedly with the article. The only individuals who will feel the effects are middle and lower class families. That is why members of the Republican body are not dripping with sweat over such an idea. In my comments, I posted some possibly controversial ideas to possibly increase our chances of raising money for the economy as well as some of the positive they can bring. I left the negative for the other commenters to decide. There was a negative comment that I found on the post and it was from Carlson74 and it said “Republicans idea of economic stability kill jobs and blame everyone but them selves.” The comment just showed bias against the republicans instead of providing positive feedback or an informative way to help solve the problem at hand.

From the blog post entitled Chuck Hagel Hearing and the Iran Nuclear Dilemma, the focus of the article is of a threat made by the U.S. to Iran saying that if they do not comply with the demands made then the U.S. will have to respond aggressively. The only thing is, Iran is left blind because they have no idea what the U.S. implied their demands were. How can anyone stop what they are doing if they do not know what it is they are supposed to stop? There were not many comments written under the blog at the time that I submitted my comment, but there was one that stuck out. There was a post by an Andrew that said “‘Vulvan’ mind meld is a rather unfortunate but amusing typo.” The post did no harm nor good to the post; it was rather uninformative and rather a waste of a comment, but it could have gone without the post at all.

 The privacy policy on comments for the articles, suggest that people treat the comment thread as if it were an actual conversation. If the people fail to maintain civility, they will be kicked off; if people try to make multiple names for them, then they will be banned. No one is to ridicule one another, etc.

As far as the good comments were concerned, there were far too many to choose from but only from one article. But if I had to choose from the article, which comment was the best, than I would have to choose the one by Heming’s Way. This person says that they disagree. Their reason for disagreeing is because he feels that many people know that a minor recession is good for any company. I feel as if the person was genuinely stating their opinion; it was different from the norm, and original. In my opinion, we need that more often in this country.